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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
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Cat Bites (Overview)

Cat bites occur when a cat bites a person. If the skin is punctured, bleeding or infection can occur.


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What is danger of cat bites?

What is danger of cat bites?

Infection: One of the most common bugs is pasteurella multocida. If the infection were to develop within hours of the bite, it is likely this bug, part of the feline normal mouth bacterial flora. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
73 doctors shared insights

Cat Bites (Overview)

Cat bites occur when a cat bites a person. If the skin is punctured, bleeding or infection can occur.


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What are the symptoms of cat bites?

What are the symptoms of cat bites?

IF INFECTED...: Bite wound infections, like any infection, are hot, red, swollen, painful to move, increasing pain, maybe an abscess. maybe a fever, maybe increased white blood cell count. ...Read more

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Treating Insect Bites (Checklist)

Apply ice to bites
Once
Use topical corticosteroid cream on itchy bites
Daily
Seek medical attention if symptoms of shock develop
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What diseases can cat bites cause?

What diseases can cat bites cause?

See below: The most common is a skin infection at the site of the bite. You can also get catch scratch disease, which results in infection of lymph nodes near the site. Although, this is more common with kittens. ...Read more

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How to treat a cat bite just through skin?

How to treat a cat bite just through skin?

Cat bite: If the cat punctured the skin you will probably want to call for doctor. About 50% of cat bites get infected (because of the shape of the teeth and depth of bite they create). Many doctors will start antibiotics to prevent infection. Look for redness, oozing, swelling and/or fever as sign of infection. ...Read more

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How can cat bites be treated?

How can cat bites be treated?

Antibiotics: Cat bites tend to be puncture wounds that heal over quickly, sealing whatever germs are in the cat's mouth into the bitten person's skin. Cat bites should be cleaned immediately with soap and water to minimize the bacteria in the wound, but then treated with an antibiotic that will kill the germs that are still there before they spread, causing a nasty infection. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for cat bites?

What is the treatment for cat bites?

Soap and water: Any bite should be washed well with soap and water as quickly as possible after the bite. This flushes the wound and reduces the chances of infection. Then putting on neosporin, polymixin, bacitracin, etc (topical antibacterials) and a bandaid can be helpful. If the wound is deep, becomes more painful, or there is concern the animal is rabid, be seen immediately. Antibiotics if infected. ...Read more

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Could anti biotic gel cure cat bite infection?

Could anti biotic gel cure cat bite infection?

Probably not: Infected cat bites generally need systemic antibiotic treatment and can be very serious. See a doctor now. ...Read more

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What are the risks of a cat bite; just broke the surface?

Wash and clean area: There are bacteria in the mouths of cats that may give you cellulitis in the area of the bite or cat scratch fever with adenopathy. ...Read more

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What is danger of cat bites?

Infection: One of the most common bugs is pasteurella multocida. If the infection were to develop within hours of the bite, it is likely this bug, part of the feline normal mouth bacterial flora. ...Read more

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